Friday, November 28, 2008

At What Price Greed?

Please pray for the WalMart employee who was trampled to death by a crowd of shoppers who had pushed through sliding glass doors in a frenzy of "black Friday" hysteria five minutes before the store's advertised 5:00am opening.

After banging with their fists and pushing, the doors shattered, and the crowd of more than 2,000 rushed into the store for their "must haves" for the "holiday season". The six employees who were trying to keep the doors shut, couldn't hold out against the crowd.

After Jdimytai Damour, a 34 year old temporary employee, was thrown to the floor, the mob continued to run over and around him, ignoring his gasps. After emergency personnel came to the scene, shoppers continued to rush past, as the EMTs tried in vain to save the man.

Sunday begins the season of Advent. Let's remember what the real meaning of "the season" is--Jesus, not greed. Inner (and sometimes outer) poverty for the sake of the Kingdom.

Note: The holy card is from Holy Cards for Your Inspiration. The French is translated as follows:
Top: "Dreams of Youth"
In the beam of light:"And then afterwards ..."
At the bottom:
"O God, divert my heart from vanity!
... Show me your truth, that sun shining past everything which slips away."


TACParent said...

Prayers for him and his family! So sad.

cubfan1426 said...

Prayers indeed for this man and his family as well as all his co-workers who are most definitely traumatized by this.

Sad commentary on what this country places value on.


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